The new-look Strictly website!9:07pm on 14 Sep 2010 You would think so B4p! However, I'm beginning to suspect that's the point. A discussion I spotted on the BBC Internet Blog suggests that an analysis of relative costs of moderating blogs compared to boards is behind a shift in BBC Online policy. Personally, I think it's a false economy to push eager posters off the BBC site. There's a risk they'll be left with only the 'protest posters' (who feel they are talking to the BBC on here), and people hoping for a mention on ITT. The costs of moderation per post probably won't be much different to last year because of the number of users going through pre-mod to post only a few comments, and the good discussion will be lost. I'm still hoping the Strictly webteam will structure the blog topics along the lines of the issues fans want to discuss, so there can be some focused discussion of elements of the show on here. However, I fear if they continue to pursue 'news-driven' blogging, there won't be a navigable structure or any on-topic discussions. Seriously considering ROFL.
Navigating the blogs I’m finding it more difficult to find the relevant blog for a particular issue than it was on the boards! Using the ‘Topical posts on this blog’ list at the bottom of the page seems to be the easiest way around, but this means that your choice of blog title is critical to users being able to locate the relevant blog. For example, if ‘Fun Boys Three!’ had instead been called ‘Pro Dancer line-up 2010’ it would be a much more obvious place to direct posters who want to comment on the pro line-up changes. I realise it’s not such a snappy news headline, but it would make the blogs more user-friendly.
Sorry for the long post. Hope these comments are helpful. Chocs